McKINNEY (March 28, 2014) — Collin County will host its first ever Unified Emergency Operations Challenge in Princeton on Saturday, April 5, designed to test how well emergency responders work together in a crisis.

The Collin County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), Collin County Fire Marshal, Princeton Fire Department, Victim Relief Ministries (VRM), American Medical Response (AMR), Search One Rescue Team and other local agencies will conduct a full-scale mass casualty exercise. Other community partners, non-profits and local businesses will be coming together to support this test of Collin County’s emergency response plans.

The exercise is designed to test the ability of emergency response agencies within Collin County to work together in responding to the needs of the community. The event will give hands-on training and practice with real patients and conditions to help responders learn different skills.

In order to appropriately test these plans, MRC Coordinator Rebecca Drekmann hopes to have more than 150 members from supporting agencies and organizations participating this year.  

“Our volunteers have spent many hours training for this exercise,” says Drekmann. “We really want to bring the local community into local action to meet the needs of a major disaster or emergency. Practicing this type of response with other agencies is always valuable experience.”

The exercise is bringing a host of local resources together, said Collin County Fire Marshal, Jason Browning: “One of the goals of this multijurisdictional exercise is to bring agencies together to work under a unified command.  It is vital that we all come together and practice what our mission might be with a community of our peers that we would normally operate with in times of large scale responses.”

Members of the general public are asked to avoid the areas of Sister Grove Park in Princeton, and the Princeton High School parking lot on April 5, between 4 a.m. and 4 p.m. This will allow all participating agency the opportunity to focus on the training and exercise for their staff. No access will be allowed to the general public to any of the exercise locations during the event. Community cooperation is greatly appreciated in this training mission.

To find out more information about this event, visit collinmrc.com/MassCasualtyExercise.

 

About Collin County

Collin County is one of 254 counties in the state of Texas and is located north of the metropolitan area of Dallas. It has a population of over 812,000, growing at a rate of 3.8% according to 2011 estimates. It covers over 840 square miles in land area. It is bordered by Grayson, Fannin, Hunt, Rockwall, Dallas and Denton counties. The county was founded in 1848 and has a county seat of McKinney. Both the county and the county seat were named after Collin McKinney, one of the five men who drafted the Texas Declaration of Independence. For more information visit collincountytx.gov.